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While studying this weekend, I came across a parsha which is somewhat confusing. After inquiring on the internet, I have yet to find an orthodox or Hasidic site explanation of the following text. What is Hashem telling Jeremiah? Jeremiah 8:8-9 How can you say, “We are wise, And we possess the Instruction of the LORD”? Assuredly, from the lying pens of scribes! The wise shall be put to shame, Shall be dismayed and caught; See, they reject the word of the LORD, So their wisdom amounts to nothing. אֵיכָ֤ה תֹֽאמְרוּ֙ חֲכָמִ֣ים אֲנַ֔חְנוּ וְתוֹרַ֥ת יְהֹוָ֖ה אִתָּ֑נוּ אָכֵן֙ הִנֵּ֣ה לַשֶּׁ֣קֶר עָשָׂ֔ה עֵ֖ט שֶׁ֥קֶר סֹפְרִֽים׃ הֹבִ֣שׁוּ חֲכָמִ֔ים חַ֖תּוּ וַיִּלָּכֵ֑דוּ הִנֵּ֤ה בִדְבַר־יְהֹוָה֙ מָאָ֔סוּ וְחׇכְמַ֥ת מֶ֖ה לָהֶֽם Are these scribes those who interpret the written Torah for the Jewish people? B"H

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Dear Rabbi, I know in the Torah that God specifically commands us to love Him, the stranger and our neighbors. But, in the Torah does God specifically state that He loves us? Thanks!

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Hi Rabbi First off, Thank you so much for this site. It's so helpful to have such a resource for Jews with questions I recently learnt about the Native Americans and their culture. It was a gruesome, horrifying account of human sacrifice, warring nations, and lots of brutal, religious practices. I remember learning that G-d made everything for the Jewish people and so I can't help but wonder: Why did G-d make this nation of millions of people? What was their purpose? Did G-d pay them any mind while they were living so separated from the rest of the world? In addition, the only way for a non-Jew to earn olam haba is by keeping the 7 Noachide laws. These Native Americans had no opportunity to learn about these things and so naturally they served idols, murdered, and lived cruelly. Again, what was the point in having so many millions of souls come into this world and live such lives? Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer

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This is a difficult and extremely sensitive question that has stirred within my soul. I fully understand atrocities such as the Atlantic slave trade, the Holocaust,Trail of Tears , ethnic cleansing and genocide. This mirrors the spirit of Amaleq. It is a base,reprobate & murderous nature infused with superiority idealogy. Doesn't torah exempt obedient people of God's irrefutable covenant from such heinous acts ? Micah 2:7 Do not MY words do good to them that walk uprightly? Psalms 74:20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of habitations of cruelty. 1Samuel 14:6 For there is no restraint to YHVH to save by many or by few. Psalms 73:1 Truly G-d is good to Yisrael,to such as have a clean heart. Psalms 19:11 Moreover by them(judgements of G-d) is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 2Chronicles 19:7 For there is no iniquity with YHVH our G-d,nor respect of persons,nor taking of gifts. Proverbs 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. I realize all the situations mentioned above slavery, Trail of Tears,ethic cleansing,genocide correspond to gowy nations. Man's inhumanity to men. Torah coverage didn't apply. Unfortunate indeed! Yet the holocaust baffles the mind. Why did the Jews have to suffer this way? Proverbs 24:11 If thou for bear to deliver them that are drawn unto death,and those that are ready to be slain; Proverbs 24:12 If thou say,Behold we knew it not;Does not He that ponders the heart consider it? and He that keeps they soul, does He not know it? and shall He render to every man according to his works? Numbers 23:19 El not a man that He should lie. I sincerely hope you can clarify this?

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How can God have control over the world if we have choice? I can choose to kill myself and God won’t make a miracle to stop it, therefore I have control. And He doesn’t. How is that?

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I believe God is the all possibilities in the universe. If God is all powerful, then He is it and it is Him. Also, this explains God's plan thing, because He needs everything - good or bad - just to exist. I want to know what a rabbi thinks of this thought.

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Hello, I have some confusion reading the book of Samuel. Using the premise that God knows the past and future. (Isaiah 46:10) Here is confusion: God chose Saul to be king, later God says he is grieved that he made Saul king. How can God grieve a decision to make Saul king when He knew already Saul would be a bad choice for king? Human example: Let's say a person wanted to buy a home on a particular river and did not want it to be ever flooded. So he finds a lot available for sale on the river. Now this person knows that in the future the river will flood that lot every year for the next 10 years because he knows the future that it will flood. How could that person grieve his choice to buy the lot knowing it will flood??? It just makes no sense to me.      

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Hi Rabbi, I write while thinking about the ongoing rescue/recovery efforts after the Surfside building collapse. So many caring people are risking so much to help in any way possible. I am not asking why it happened, but would like to hear your thoughts on this. Thank you for this valuable service.

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Hi I just got up from sitting for my mother and had time for some life introspection. My question is as follows: How on earth is the system that God created where we are brought to this earth against any choice with instincts and tendencies that diametrically oppose the rules we are to follow, and if we break these rules (as I have, too many times to count) can expect to experience unimaginable torment in the next world for who knows how long, fair in any way? I mean, seriously, if this was a business proposal, I'd laugh you out of my office . Talk about risk/reward. I know there is no easy answer. Maybe there's a book you can recommend to offer some insight? Thank you